Social work has always come naturally to me. As a child I was quiet and often observed situations. I found it was easier to read people through observation. I also continuously found myself wanting to be around those in need. Therefore at a young age I began volunteering in numerous of the special needs classrooms and found I truly preferred to be giving to others.
As time went on, my experiences continued to accumulate and I began working at homeless shelters and hospitals while simultaneously studying psychology. I then found myself sitting in front of my college counselor my senior year waiting to be advised on what to do next. My counselor looked at me with a puzzled expression and said, "Kathleen you've been doing social work since the day I met you, now you just have to make it official." So I did, and I completed my Master's of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Afterwards I remained in California and worked in a critical care hospital, schools, and a non profit.
However, with time I made my way back to New Jersey and fulfilled the Director of Social Services position at an acute care hospital, and worked on school district's Child Study Teams.
However, despite working in various locations with an array of populations, I too have faced my own struggles and believe social work has allowed me to grow and be a better wife, mother, friend and overall clinician, which is why I began my own practice. I am passionate about helping others and long to serve those in need. The practice is a special place that will help you find yourself, gain new perspectives and feel whole again.